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Oenothera mollissima L.
Family Onagraceae
Oenothera mollissima L. APNI*

Description: Annual herb to c. 100 cm high, without rosette; stems rather woody, often branched, softly hairy.

Leaves narrow-lanceolate to elliptic, usually 3–5 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, apex acute, margins with regular, shallow teeth.

Flowers in the upper leaf axils. Hypanthium usually 2–5 cm long. Sepals c. 10 mm long. Petals 10–20 mm long, yellow becoming reddish with age.

Fruit ± cylindrical, broader in the upper part, often curved, usually c. 25 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, villous.


Habit
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: late winter to summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized in disturbed sites. North from Sydney. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *W.A.
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Dalby
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


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